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      ATTIKON’S FIRST SURGERY LIFTS HEARTS AT HOSPITAL
      Kathimerin, 16-06-2006
      A 52–year–old woman yesterday became the first person to undergo heart surgery in the new clinic at Attikon Hospital in Haidari, western Athens, which was hailed as the answer to Attica’s medical problems.

Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos watched part of the operation and said that the Attikon >>>


      EDUCATION TALKS IN PERIL
      Kathimerin, 16-06-2006
      Students want reform bill withdrawn as march ends in violence ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU/EPA More than 10,000 students took part yesterday in a protest march in central Athens, which was marred by violence. Police said that 14 bank branches, two airline offices, a sex shop, six CCTV cameras and an Interior Ministry building we >>>


      FISHERMEN BACK NO–GO AREAS
      Kathimerin, 16-06-2006
      As fish populations in the Mediterranean continue to dwindle, fishermen said yesterday that they are prepared to adopt a proposal put forth by environmentalist group Greenpeace to create marine reserves in a bid to help protect the sea environment and their jobs.

Dimitris Zannes, president of the Professional >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 16-06-2006
      MIDAIR DISPUTE Athens describes as ‘groundless’ Ankara’s intention to seek damages The Greek government believes that Turkey’s intention to seek damages from Athens over a collision between F–16 jets is «groundless,» alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros said yesterday. Ankara has said it >>>


      NO COVER FOR DRUNK DRIVERS
      Kathimerin, 16-06-2006
      Drivers will no longer have insurance coverage if involved in a car accident while under the influence of alcohol, according to a draft law presented by the Development Ministry yesterday.

Deputy Development Minister Yiannis Papathanassiou said that the draft law will encourage drivers to be more responsible o >>>


      ONE IN THREE FEELS BULLIED AT SCHOOL
      Kathimerin, 16-06-2006
      Gov’t to set up advice centers One in three Greek primary school pupils claims to have been the victim of violence and one in 10 admits to bullying a fellow pupil at school, according to the results of a study by the National Center for Social Research (EKKE) made public yesterday.

EKKE’s study also showed tha >>>


      PRIME MINISTER COSTAS KARAMANLIS...
      Kathimerin, 16-06-2006
      YVES LOGGHE/AP Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis (left) with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at EU headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Karamanlis assured Barroso that Greece will try to increase absorption rates after Kathimerini revealed that the country is at risk of losing some 11 billion euros due >>>


      RARE ROMAN COIN RETURNED
      Kathimerin, 16-06-2006
      Greece will keep pressing for the repatriation of artifacts removed from the country illegally, Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis said yesterday after revealing that Great Britain will return a rare Roman coin to Greece.

Voulgarakis did not mention any other specific cases of antiquities being sought active >>>


      CHINESE FIND INVESTMENT, TRADE PROSPECTS BRIGHT
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 June 2006 — A delegation of Chinese businessmen said here yesterday that their current visit has helped them to study the prospects for investment, and the expansion of joint ventures and trade.

Some of the 300 members of 14' Shanghai companies, whose four–day Chin >>>


      EMIRATES’ ETISALAT WINS ‘BEST NETWORK’ AWARD
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News ABU DHABI, 16 June 2006 — Emirates Telecommunications Corporation — Etisalat — has won the award for the «Best Network in the Telecommunications Sector», a part of the Innovation Awards 2006 by ITP’s Network ME magazine. The contenders for the award included leading telecom operator >>>


      ISTITHMAR INVESTS $100M IN NOCO A LP
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Arab News DUBAI, 16 June 2006 — Istithmar PJSC, a major international investment house based in the UAE, announced an investment of $100 million in (NoCo A LP) and its investment management business, the new financial services firm headed by Joseph Perella. (NoCo A LP) will provide corporate advisory and investment man >>>


      JEDDAH GOVERNOR OPENS EXPO
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 16 June 2006 — Jeddah Governor Prince Mishaal ibn Majed has opened an expo and forum on commercial franchising at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Abdul Latif Jameel Community Services Program is one of the sponsors of the expo.

The ALJ Community Services Programs participates >>>


      LUBNA STRESSES STRONG TIES WITH INDIA
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News UAE Minister of Economy and Planning Sheikha Lubna Al–Qasimi addressing a high–level gathering at the India–Gulf Partnership Summit at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Dubai on Thursday. (AN Photo)

DUBAI, 16 June 2006 — The existing harmonious and success >>>


      OIL SCENE
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Syed Rashid Husain Energy security for the world, especially for the industrial rich, the major consumers of the world, is a matter of prime concern now at the highest level. The recent G–8 ministerial moot, with Russia the 2nd largest oil producer in the world in chair, looked once again at the issue closely.
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      SR600 MILLION SAUDI INVESTMENT IN GERMANY
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 16 June 2006 — Partners for Development, Investment and Tourism Company signed a contract with German L.E.G. for real estate development for establishing «Innovation Village», a tourism, commercial and residential project in Asen, Germany, for SR600 million. Hani Yamani, general manager of >>>


      A WOMAN’S EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Before his death, my father gave one house to my mother as her dowry, or meher. She has two sons and three daughters. She has converted this house into six flats and wants to give a flat to each one of her five children and keep one for herself. She wishes to gift her flat as an endowment, or >>>


      ABSURD FEARS
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent They say: «If we were to follow the guidance along with you, we would be torn away from our land.» Have We not given them a secure sanctuary to which are brought the fruits of all things, as a provision from Us? But most of them have >>>


      DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE KAABA
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Could you explain what is the significance of the semicircle area near the Kaaba and why we offer a prayer there? As far as I know, the Kaaba itself is not the object of our worship. Could you clarify what it represents?

Why do people cling to it, especially under its door? I am told >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 85: HOW TO PRAY DURING TRAVEL
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News We know that when we travel we shorten every 4–rak’ah prayer to two rak’ahs, and we may join two obligatory prayers together so as to pray all five prayers at three different times. However, the rules concerning shortening and combining prayers differ according to schools of thought. It is >>>


      ABDULLAH LAUNCHES QASIM UNIVERSITY PROJECTS TODAY
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Arab News Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan arrive at a lunch hosted by Qasim Governor Prince Faisal ibn Bandar, second from left, at the governor’s palace in Buraidah on Thursday. (SPA)

BURAIDAH, 16 June 2006 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah will lay the >>>


      COURT REVIEWS CASE OF FATHER VS. DAUGHTERS
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Zainy Abbas, Arab News Muhamad Hassan Al–Ruwaees MAKKAH, 16 June 2006 — The general court in Makkah is presently reviewing a case filed by the father of three women who accuses them of going against his wishes and being disobedient.

However, the three educated women have denied the allegations saying tha >>>


      FAMILY SUFFERS AS EXPATRIATE FLEES WITH EMPLOYER’S MONEY
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 16 June 2006 — An expatriate who fled the country after allegedly stealing money from his employer has left his wife and four children behind in poverty, a local Arabic newspaper reported yesterday. The woman says she is now facing accusations that she is a partner in crime with her husband.

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      JOYRIDER DROWNS WHILE FLEEING COPS
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 16 June 2006 — A group of joyriding youngsters gave the police a run in Khamis Mushayt’s Rasras district, Al–Riyadh reported yesterday.

If one of the kids were still alive, I’m sure he would have decided to stay home instead of submitting to peer pressure and taunting local police with >>>


      SUMMER CLUB PROGRAM AIMS TO PROMOTE TOLERANCE
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 June 2006 — In an attempt to establish the concept of dialogue and ideological tolerance, the King Abdul Aziz National Dialogue Center has prepared a four–day course that begins tomorrow for 60 trainers from different Saudi summer clubs.

The course is being organized >>>


      THE ‘TAMM’ THAT LEAVES PEOPLE BROKE
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Hayat Kharbash, Arab News ABHA, 16 June 2006 — In traditional old–fashioned Arab hospitality the people of Asir have some old customs that they continue adhering to when entertaining guests from out of town.

Visitors to Asir constantly have to face old Asiri men at weddings and parties who feel compelled >>>


      ‘INDIAN CUISINE IS POPULAR AS IT’S CLOSE TO ARABIC FOOD’
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 June 2006 — Indian cuisine is becoming increasingly popular across Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Gulf, according to a businesswoman who runs a chain of restaurants and fast–food outlets here.

«Indian food and snacks are gaining popularity by the day, as they >>>


      4 JORDANIAN MPS BLASTED OVER ZARQAWI
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News AMMAN, 16 June 2006 — Three thousand Jordanians demonstrated yesterday against four Islamist lawmakers who last week extended condolences to the family of the slain Al–Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab Al–Zarqawi.

Demonstrators chanted slogans and carried placards dubbin >>>


      AID TO PAKISTAN WILL NOT BE CUT: US ENVOY
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 16 June 2006 — The United States will not scale back its aid commitment to Islamabad, the US Ambassador said yesterday, following media reports that Congress had proposed cuts over Pakistan’s democracy and rights record.

US ambassador Ryan Crocker said there would be no cut t >>>


      BUS BOMB KILLS 10, NATO VOWS TO FIGHT TERRORISM
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Agence France Presse KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, 16 June 2006 — A bomb ripped through a bus taking workers to an airport run by the US–led coalition in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing 10 people.

The attack was claimed by the Taleban movement, which is escalating violent assaults in the south of the co >>>


      CAIR ACCEPTS MARINE’S APOLOGY FOR ‘FUN’ SONG
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 16 June 2006 — Sitting around a camp in Iraq last March, one Marine wrote a song «for fun.» But what he viewed as «fun» has resonated around the world as, at best, cultural insensitivity, or at worst, as yet another example of the US military’s scorn for I >>>


      COURT CONFIRMS WALL A LAND GRAB
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 16 June 2006 — The Israeli Supreme Court yesterday asked the government to tear down part of a separation wall it has built in the West Bank as Hamas offered to cease fire and pressure other armed Palestinian groups to stop firing rockets into Israel.

The part of the wall >>>


      DEFENSE SEEKS TO MOVE GITMO TRIALS TO US
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Ben Fox, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, 16 June 2006 — A military defense lawyer asked the Pentagon on Wednesday to move the trial for an alleged bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden to the US, saying difficult access for witnesses and the media make it impossible to hold it fairly at Guantanamo Bay.

The anno >>>


      DOZENS KILLED IN SRI LANKA MINE ATTACK
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Eranga Jayawardena, Associated Press KABITHIGOLLEWA, Sri Lanka, 16 June 2006 — A powerful land mine ripped through a packed bus in northern Sri Lanka yesterday, killing at least 64 people in the worst act of violence since a 2002 cease–fire, the army said. Sri Lanka’s air force responded by bombing rebel–he >>>


      DSP, 4 OTHERS SLAIN IN TARGETED SHOOTING IN KARACHI
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News KARACHI, 16 June 2006 — Gunmen ambushed a Pakistani police car here yesterday killing five people, police and a hospital official said.

Unidentified motorcyclists shot dead a deputy superintendent of police, Central Jail, Amanullah Niazi, three other policemen and a pedestrian in El >>>


      HOOLIGANS GATE–CRASH INTO CHURCH
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Pervez Bari, Arab News BHOPAL, 16 June 2006 — The Hindutva forces in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh stormed a church in their bid to subjugate Christians and instill terror in Jabalpur yesterday. The incident occurred while a two–member team of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) was on a vis >>>


      IRAN BANS ECONOMIST OVER ‘GULF’ MAP
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Reuters TEHRAN, 16 June 2006 — Iran has banned distribution of the Economist magazine after it published an article and a map that referred to the «Gulf» instead of the «Persian Gulf.» Iran insists on calling the water along its southern coast the «Persian Gulf.» The body of water al >>>


      IRAN, SYRIA SIGN DEFENSE AGREEMENT
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Agence France Presse TEHRAN, 16 June 2006 — Defense ministers from close allies Iran and Syria yesterday signed an agreement for military cooperation against what they called the «common threats» presented by Israel and the United States.

In a joint press conference, Iranian Defense Minister Mostaf >>>


      ISLAMISTS TAKE SOMALI TOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Mohamed Ali Bile, Reuters MOGADISHU, 16 June 2006 — Islamist militia took the Somali town of Baladwayne yesterday, aiming to expand their control of southern Somalia and beginning to flank the weak interim government’s base in Baidoa, residents said.

Residents woke to find the militias, supported by local reli >>>


      PAKISTAN NAVY OFFICERS CONFERRED FRENCH ORDER OF MERIT
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News KARACHI, 16 June 2006 — Rear Adm. M. Asif Sandila and Capt. Muhammad Amjad of Pakistan Navy have been decorated with the French Order of Merit with the grade of Knight for their meritorious services for saving the lives of 367 tourists during the tsunami in December 2004.

The medals >>>


      PAKISTAN, CHINA START FIRST BUS SERVICE ON SILK ROUTE
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 16 June 2006 — Pakistan and China launched their first passenger bus service yesterday, linking the northern Pakistani town of Gilgit with the western Chinese city of Kashgar, officials said.

The Gilgit–Kasghar Bus Service will allow tourists and traders of Pakistan and >>>


      RAHUL BAJAJ DEFEATS CONGRESS CANDIDATE
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News BOMBAY, 16 June 2006 — Industrialist Rahul Bajaj, an independent candidate supported by the NCP, BJP and Shiv Sena was announced elected to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) from Bombay, defeating Congress candidate Avinash Pande.

As expected, Bajaj won, securing 1'5 votes while A >>>


      SABAH’S VISIT A ‘CORNERSTONE’ IN INDO–KUWAIT RELATIONS
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al–Ahmed Al–Sabah, center, is met by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, and President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on Thursday. (AP)

NEW DELHI, 16 June 2006 — Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al–Ahmad Al& >>>


      UN SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS, WIDENS UN PROBE OF HARIRI MURDER
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Agence France Presse UNITED NATIONS, 16 June 2006 — The UN Security Council yesterday agreed a one–year extension of the UN probe into the murder of former Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri and widened its mandate to cover other attacks in Lebanon.

The 15–member council unanimously adopted a resolution >>>


      WEST COAXES IRAN TO ACCEPT NUCLEAR OFFER
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Reuters VIENNA, 16 June 2006 — Western powers nudged Iran yesterday to take up a new offer of incentives to halt its disputed nuclear fuel program, soft–pedaling previous threats of possible sanctions brushed aside by Tehran.

Responding to US and European appeals at a UN nuclear watchdog meeting, a senio >>>


      ZARQAWI DOCUMENTS LEAD TO IRAQ REBELS
      Arab News, 16-06-2006
      Kim Gamel, Associated Press BAGHDAD, 16 June 2006 — US and Iraqi forces killed 104 insurgents in hundreds of raids since last week’s killing of terrorist leader Abu Musab Al–Zarqawi, and the American death toll in the war in Iraq hit 2,500, the US military said yesterday.

Even as the Iraqi government rel >>>


      '/11 PENTAGON MEMORIAL TO REFLECT PANGS OF LOSS, RECOLLECTIONS OF JOY
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      A few hundred feet from the spot where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and victims of the attack held a short and solemn groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the Pentagon memorial.

Nearly five years after a private group began raising mon >>>


      FIRES BURN IN COLO., ARIZ., UTAH, ALASKA
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      DENVER –– With another tinderbox summer shaping up in much of the West, officials issued red–flag fire warnings for Colorado on Thursday, while in Arizona a roaring blaze forced the evacuation of about 1,000 homes.

Wildfires also were burning in Alaska, Utah and New Mexico. The aggressive 700 >>>


      IMMIGRATION DEBATE SNAGS CALIF. BUDGET TALKS
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Thursday he expects lawmakers to pass a budget by month‘s end instead of meeting a June 15 deadline because of disagreements over whether the state should fund health care for illegal immigrant children.

Lawmakers are >>>


      LIMO COMPANY OFFERED TO AID DHS PRIOR TO BID
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      By Spencer S. Hsu and Charles R. BabcockWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, June 16, 2006; A04 A limousine company linked to a congressional bribery investigation offered its services to the Department of Homeland Security more than three months before the agency sought bids for a transportation contract, and eventual >>>


      LONG OPERATION IN L.A. SEPARATES CONJOINED TWINS
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      LOS ANGELES, June 15 –– Regina and Renata Salinas Fierros lay in side–by–side beds for the first time in their 10–month–old lives Thursday after doctors separated and rebuilt the twins‘ bodies in a marathon surgery.

"To see the girls today beginning to wake up and >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      Terror Suspect‘s Lawyer Says FBI Broke Promise ATLANTA –– Investigators preyed on a Georgia Tech student‘s devotion to Islam to get him to help their terrorism probe and then reneged on their promise not to arrest him if he told the truth, the suspect‘s attorney said in court papers.
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      PROSECUTOR: MAN ADMITS TO NYC STABBINGS
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      NEW YORK –– A man accused of wounding four people during a stabbing rampage confessed to the attacks and gave his reasons for them, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Kenny Alexis, 20, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on attempted murder, assault, robbery and attempted robbery. He entered no plea >>>


      REV. GRAY ELECTED AS PRESBYTERIANS‘ LEADER
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –– The nation‘s largest Presbyterian group, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), opened its national meeting Thursday by electing a Georgia minister to lead the 2.3 million–member denomination.

The Rev. Joan S. Gray will serve as the titular leader and spokeswoman for the c >>>


      SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS HARIRI PROBE
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      UNITED NATIONS –– The U.N. Security Council on Thursday prolonged a probe into the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister and gave investigators more power to look into other bombings.

A council resolution granted officials‘ request for another 12 months to June 2007 to investigate >>>


      SIRIUS TO AIR WIS. COUPLE‘S WEDDING MUSIC
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      MILWAUKEE –– John McHugh and Maggie Lee expect about 50 people at their wedding Friday. Their wedding reception could draw more than 4 million.

The La Crosse couple decided to forgo hiring a band or DJ and let Sirius Satellite Radio provide the music.

When Lee e–mailed Sirius in Febr >>>


      TWO KILLED IN SEVERED HEAD CRASH IN IDAHO
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      PM BOISE, Idaho –– The severed head of a man‘s wife flew from his pickup truck Thursday when he crashed into an oncoming car, killing the driver and her child, police said.

The investigation of the deadly wreck and the head, which was tossed onto the roadway by the impact, led police to the d >>>


      WHALE CARCASS MYSTIFIES ALASKA SCIENTISTS
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– Scientists are mystified by the carcass of a young beluga whale found in a river in central Alaska, nearly 1,000 miles from its natural ocean habitat.

The first guess is the 8–foot–long whale, which often feed on fish in estuaries and the mouths of rivers, swam away >>>


      A SHIFT AMONG THE EVANGELICALS
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      Sometimes very important elections receive very little attention. When the Southern Baptist Convention elected the Rev. Frank Page as the group‘s president at its meeting this week in Greensboro, N.C., the news appeared on the back pages of most secular newspapers –– or it didn‘t appear at all.< >>>


      ANCESTOR OF MODERN BIRDS BELIEVED FOUND
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      PM WASHINGTON –– The first detailed look at the ancestor of modern birds _ a grebe–like waterbird that would look normal even today _ was shown off Thursday by scientists who discovered fossil remains in a remote lake bed in China.

"A world lost for more than 100 million years was being >>>


      ARMY PROBES DEATHS OF 3 MEN IN CUSTODY
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The Army has opened a criminal investigation into the suspicious deaths of three men in military custody in Iraq in early May.

The investigation by the Army‘s Criminal Investigation Command was requested by Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, commander of multinational forces in Iraq.< >>>


      CORRECTION
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      Friday, June 16, 2006; A25 The 1'8' Supreme Court decision on flag burning was not unanimous, as stated in a June 15 op–ed piece. The case was decided by a 5 to 4 vote.
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      CUNNINGHAM SAID TO HAVE HELPED LIMO FIRM
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      WASHINGTON –– A limousine company involved in congressional prostitution and bribery allegations got a Homeland Security contract after then–Rep.

Randy "Duke" Cunningham interceded on the company‘s behalf, the company‘s president has told lawmakers.

The statemen >>>


      DEMOCRATS VOTE TO REMOVE JEFFERSON FROM COMMITTEE
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Democrats voted on Thursday to remove Rep. William Jefferson from a powerful committee while federal investigators weigh possible bribery charges against the Louisiana Democrat.

Jefferson will not be forced off the tax–writing Ways and Means Committee unless the entire >>>


      DHS STANDS BY ANTI–TERROR CUTS
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      By Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, June 16, 2006; B03 A top official at the Department of Homeland Security said the agency will not reconsider its decision to cut anti–terror grants for Washington and New York by 40 percent, despite criticism and pointed questioning yesterday by congressional r >>>


      HOUSE DEMS STRIP JEFFERSON OF ASSIGNMENT
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      WASHINGTON –– House Democrats, determined to make an election–year point about ethics, voted ''–58 Thursday night to strip Rep. William Jefferson of his committee assignment while a federal bribery investigation runs its course.

The rank and file acted despite a last–minut >>>


      HOUSE HOLDS FIRST EXTENDED DEBATE ON IRAQ WAR
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      June 15, 2006; 5:44 PM The House of Representatives today held its first extended debate on the war in Iraq, as Republicans pushed a resolution that ties the conflict to the "global war on terrorism" and rejects setting a date for U.S. withdrawal, while Democrats denounced what they described as the majority& >>>


      NEW GRAVITY FOR THE POLITICAL CENTER
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      My grandfather used to amaze us kids with a home movie he called "Gravity Remover." It showed balls rolling up steep hills, and spilled water flowing back into cups. It took us years to realize he was just running the normal film backward.

I‘ve had that same pleasant suspension of disbelief the >>>


      NO SHANGHAI NIGHTS FOR THE PLAYBOY BUNNY
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      So you want to open a Playboy Club in China. What do you do? Hire a lobbyist, of course.

Michael Nussbaum, a New York Democratic politico and business executive, is head of Shanghai Entertainment Ltd., an American company that had a license agreement with Playboy Enterprises to open the Playboy Club Shanghai, >>>


      PARTY URGES JEFFERSON TO LEAVE COMMITTEE
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      By Shailagh MurrayWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, June 16, 2006; A04 Democrats voted last night to strip Rep. William J. Jefferson (La.) of a plum committee assignment while he is embroiled in a federal bribery investigation.

The '' to 58 vote followed weeks of public and private wrangling, as Demo >>>


      SPELLINGS GOES OVERSEAS TO TOUT EDUCATION
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has put a passport stamp on her job, taking more overseas trips since 2005 than her predecessor did in four years.

In less than a year and a half, Spellings has taken seven overseas trips, traveling to Afghanistan, England, Egypt, France, India, >>>


      STAY THE COURSE? WHAT COURSE?
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      Fresh from his triumphal visit to Baghdad –– a place so dangerous he had to sneak in without even telling the Iraqi prime minister –– George W.

Bush is full of new resolve to stay the course in his open–ended "global war on terror." That leaves the rest of us to wonder, >>>


      SUICIDE–RISK TESTS FOR TEENS DEBATED
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      A growing number of U.S. schools are screening teenagers for suicidal tendencies or signs of mental illness, triggering a debate between those who seek to reduce the toll of youthful suicides and others who say the tests are unreliable and intrude on family privacy.

The trend is being aggressively promoted by >>>


      THE NAME IS KAFKA . . . FRANZ KAFKA
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      "So put aside your Captain Crunch decoder ring," recommends the Central Intelligence Agency, "for the moment." This is on the Internet site of the CIA‘s legal department. It‘s part of a pitch for recruits so startlingly moronic –– even as an attempt at adorable self–moc >>>


      3 NATIONS TO TRANSFER IRAQ RESPONSIBILTY
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      TOKYO –– British, Australian and Japanese troops will transfer security responsibilities in southern Iraq to Iraqi authorities next week, and withdraw from the area soon afterward, Kyodo News said Friday.

At a defense meeting of the three countries last week in London, British officials told their >>>


      A BIT TOO WILD FOR BAVARIANS, BRUNO THE BEAR WEARS OUT HIS WELCOME
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      A14 BERLIN, June 15 –– At first, people in Bavaria thought it was cute when they discovered Bruno, a 2–year–old with a sweet tooth who had run away from his mother.

Bruno, a brown–haired bruin, became the first wild bear sighted in Germany in 170 years last month when he scampered >>>


      A UGANDAN LAWYER‘S PASSAGE FROM SKEPTICAL LITTLE GIRL TO ‘PLEADER FOR WOMEN‘
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      By the time she was 7, Miria Matembe was already aware of the unfairness women and girls endured in Uganda.

Her father ran a small kiosk in Mbarara, a trading center in western Uganda, where he sold banana and meat cakes, beans and ground nuts.

Her mother stayed home to look after the couple‘s n >>>


      AFTER A DARK TIME, A WALK INTO THE SUN
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      BAGHDAD, June 15 –– The desert hut that became his home for more than a year, the place he lived in captivity with some 30 other men at Abu Ghraib prison, was No. 6 –– known, he said, as the "freedom tent." At the prison, Omar Taha, 24, pined for his girlfriend and his favorite nightcl >>>


      AHMADINEJAD: NUKE PACKAGE A ‘STEP FORWARD‘
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      SHANGHAI, China –– Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday that the six–nation incentive package aimed at getting his country to halt uranium enrichment was a step forward in resolving the dispute over Iran‘s nuclear program.

"Generally speaking, we‘re regarding thi >>>


      ALLIES LAUNCH HUGE OFFENSIVE AGAINST TALIBAN
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      MUSA QALA, Afghanistan, June 15 –– More than 10,000 Afghan and U.S.–led coalition troops began a massive anti–Taliban operation across southern Afghanistan on Thursday, while a bomb killed seven people riding a bus to a coalition base for work.

Military forces are "moving forward w >>>


      BRITAIN TO IMPRISON LIBERIA‘S TAYLOR IF HE‘S CONVICTED
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      UNITED NATIONS, June 15 –– Britain agreed Thursday to jail former Liberian president Charles Taylor if he is found guilty of responsibility for atrocities in Sierra Leone, ending an impasse that for months had delayed his transfer to The Hague to stand trial before a war crimes tribunal.

"I wa >>>


      CHINA HOLDS CLOSED TRIAL FOR RESEARCHER
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      BEIJING –– The closed trial of a Chinese researcher for The New York Times who has been accused of leaking state secrets and fraud began Friday in Beijing, his lawyer said.

Zhao Yan was originally scheduled to appear in court last Thursday, but the hearing was delayed. One of Zhao‘s lawyers, >>>


      CHÁVEZ TO BUY RUSSIAN ARMS
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      CARACAS, Venezuela, June 15 –– President Hugo Chávez said that Venezuela would buy 24 Russian–made Sukhoi fighter jets this year and that his government would build a factory to produce Kalashnikov assault rifles.

Chávez said Wednesday that the SU–30 jets would replace a f >>>


      FAMILY OF GITMO INMATE DOUBTS SUICIDE
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      CAIRO, Egypt –– Relatives of a Saudi detainee found dead at the American prison in Guantanamo Bay said Thursday they want his body sent home for an autopsy because they do not believe U.S. claims he committed suicide.

The Saudi‘s family has blamed the U.S. military for his death at the naval >>>


      GENERAL LEADING HADITHA PROBE KNOWN FOR INTEGRITY, TOUGHNESS
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      The two–star Army general leading the main inquiry into the killings of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha is a decorated Delta Force operative known among his peers for integrity and uncanny judgment in combat.

Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell rose from a Special Forces staff sergeant in Vietnam to c >>>


      MALIKI AIDE WHO DISCUSSED AMNESTY LEAVES JOB
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      By Ellen Knickmeyer and Jonathan FinerWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, June 16, 2006; A22 BAGHDAD, June 15 –– Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki‘s office on Thursday accepted the resignation of an aide who had told a reporter that Maliki was considering a limited amnesty that would likely incl >>>


      NEPAL PM AND REBEL LEADERS MEET
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal‘s Maoist rebel chief Prachanda began talks with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Friday in a bid to iron out differences before holding landmark elections and drafting a new constitution.

The talks in Kathmandu between Koirala, who heads a multi–party, inter >>>


      SERBIA‘S GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES MONTENEGRO
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      BELGRADE, Serbia –– The Serbian government recognized newly independent Montenegro on Thursday, and said it would establish diplomatic ties with its former partner in the now defunct Serbia–Montenegro union.

The tiny Balkan republic declared independence from Serbia on June 3, after its citiz >>>


      SHIITE MILITIAS CONTROL PRISONS, OFFICIAL SAYS
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      June 16, 2006; A01 BAGHDAD –– Iraq‘s prison system is overrun with Shiite Muslim militiamen who have freed fellow militia members convicted of major crimes and executed Sunni Arab inmates, the country‘s deputy justice minister said in an interview this week.

"We cannot control the >>>


      SOMALI MILITIAS DECRY TERRORISTS
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      By Craig TimbergWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, June 16, 2006; A14 NAIROBI, June 15 –– The leader of Somalia‘s increasingly powerful Islamic militias sent a letter to the United States this week asserting that they would assist international efforts to prevent the fractured, chaotic country fro >>>


      SRI LANKA LAUNCHES MORE STRIKES ON TIGERS
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Sri Lanka‘s air force dropped bombs near the Tamil Tiger rebel headquarters in Kilinochchi on Friday, opening a second day of strikes in retaliation for an attack on a civilian bus that killed 64.

The town was overflown once by a propeller–driven spotter pla >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 16-06-2006
      Honduras Probing Gangs That Traffic In Cuban Immigrants to United States TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras –– Honduras is becoming a key staging point for human trafficking rings that bring undocumented Cuban immigrants to the United States, authorities said Thursday.

The country has long been a steppingstone >>>


      COST OF NHS IT PROGRAMME ‘TO DOUBLE‘
      Guardian, 16-06-2006
      David Batty and agencies Friday June 16, 2006 The cost of setting up the vast NHS IT programme is expected to be double the government‘s original estimate, parliament‘s spending watchdog said today.

But the National Audit office‘s cost projection is likely to be a relief for the Department of >>>


      IRISH LEADER WHO INSPIRED AND REPELLED DIES AT 80
      Guardian, 16-06-2006
      Owen Bowcott, Ireland correspondent Wednesday June 14, 2006 The Guardian Charles Haughey, who was prime minister of Ireland three times and renowned for his love of the good things in life, died at the age of 80 yesterday bequeathing a political legacy that will divide historians for generations to come.

A dom >>>


      SURE START ‘HARMS CHILDREN WHO NEED IT MOST‘
      Guardian, 16-06-2006
      David Batty and agencies Friday June 16, 2006 Enfield‘s Sure Start centre

The government‘s flagship scheme to improve the lives of deprived families could be doing more harm than good, researchers warned today.

While the 3bn Sure Start programme is benefiting some poor families, the most d >>>


      THE MULTICULTURAL MENACE, ANTI–SEMITISM AND ME
      Guardian, 16-06-2006
      Once a woman of liberal views, Melanie Phillips is now known for her scathing criticism of modern Britain. In her new book, she turns her outrage on multiculturalism, immigration and the anti–semitism she believes has turned London into Europe‘s ‘epicentre of Islamic militancy‘. What‘s all >>>


      WALKING IN THE SHADOW OF NYE BEVAN
      Guardian, 16-06-2006
      Gordon Brown will step into a scene from his party‘s past today as he arrives in Wales to campaign for Labour‘s candidate in the Blaenau Gwent byelection.

Michael White reports Wednesday June 14, 2006 Gordon Brown was visiting Blaenau Gwent today to join an economic debate between the candidates fo >>>


      YESTERDAY IN PARLIAMENT
      Guardian, 16-06-2006
      Prime minister‘s questions Yesterday in parliament Yesterday in parliament Yesterday in parliament Yesterday in parliament Prime minister‘s questions '.15am Yesterday in parliament Press Association Friday June 16, 2006 Charles Taylor Former Liberian president Charles Taylor could be imprisoned in the U >>>


      AP ENTERPRISE: '/11 THEFTS NOT PROSECUTED
      Guardian, 16-06-2006
      Friday June 16, 2006 1:46 PM AP Photo WX102 By MARGARET EBRAHIM and PAT MILTON Associated Press Writers NEW YORK (AP) – Once–secret documents obtained by The Associated Press show a disaster supply management company went unpunished for Sept. 11 thefts after the government discovered FBI agents and other go >>>


      BILLIONAIRE‘S SON CHARGED WITH BURGLARY
      Guardian, 16-06-2006
      Friday June 16, 2006 1:31 PM CORNWALL, Conn. (AP) – A burglar whom police say they found groggy and hiding under a table in a fly fishing shop last weekend has been identified as the son of billionaire oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens.

Michael Pickens, 51, was found Sunday under a table inside the Housatonic >>>


      BOMBING INSIDE BAGHDAD MOSQUE KILLS 10
      Guardian, 16-06-2006
      Friday June 16, 2006 1:16 PM AP Photo BAG105 By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A suicide bomber struck a Shiite mosque during prayers Friday in Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding 20, as violence persisted in the capital despite a massive security operation aimed at res >>>



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